In a letter made public today over 100 writers, including Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Díaz, Richard Ford, and Alice Walker, and award-winning author Louise Erdrich, have called on the PEN American Center “to reject support from the Embassy of Israel” for PEN’s annual World Voices Festival.
Monthly Archives: April 2016
“I learned more about Israel in these five days in Palestine than in any other trips I’ve made.” Mondoweiss is excited to share our first foray into the world of print, Phil Weiss’s reportage from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. “The World the Settlers Made” tells the story of five days in January 2016 that Phil Weiss spent immersed in the world of Israeli settlers. The experience gave him a vivid, immediate experience of their daily lives, and a greater understanding of the worldview shaping Israeli politics. “The World the Settlers Made” includes 21 pages of Phil’s reports and is on sale now.
Mondoweiss interviews Jesse Sbaih, a Nevada attorney running for Congress in the state’s open Third District race. Sbaih contends Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, whose support is crucial for Democrats in Nevada, told him: “You’re not going to be able to win because you are a Muslim.” Sbaih would be the first Muslim Arab in Congress.
Hamas’s armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, displayed for the first time Friday photographs of four Israelis believed to be held in Gaza, of whom two are civilians and two are soldiers killed in combat.
Omar Zahzah, a graduate student at UCLA, describes the creation of Israel in ethnic cleansing and its continuing discriminatory and “apartheid” practices, in a New York Times forum on anti-Zionism that demonstrates the shifting discourse in the U.S.
Hatim abu Mayyala, 13, was hospitalized after being shot in the back of the head with a rubber-coated bullet by Israeli forces on Saturday in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. His father said Israeli forces wanted to detain the child after clashes in the occupied neighborhood.
Israeli forces have demolished every home in the Bedouin village of Khirbet Taha in the northern West Bank district of Nablus during three separate demolitions since the start of the year. The village’s only school was also destroyed, leaving children to study in a dilapidated 100-year-old mosque — the only structure left standing in the village.
It might have been a moment that jolted Israelis to their senses. But instead, Jonathan Cook says the video of an Israeli soldier shooting dead a young Palestinian man as he lay wounded and barely able to move has only intensified the tribal war dance of the Israeli public.
“They’re lost. No change will come from within,” former Hebrew school teacher Tzvia Thier says of Israeli Jews. The only hope to transform the racist nationalism of Israeli society is the international BDS campaign to bring real economic hurt to Israelis.
In Palestine, as in the rest of the Arab world, many are turning to religion in response to the failure of the various liberation and nationalist or socialist projects. Some practice a religious-inspired political quietism or wait for an apocalyptic solution for the existing impasse.
Birzeit and San Francisco State University’s team up for 7th Annual Conference of “Struggles for Freedom” at the university in the West Bank
Jen Marlowe’s play “There Is a Field” centers on the case of Aseel Asleh, a 17-year-old Palestinian youth killed in the second intifada in Oct. 2000. Marlowe did extensive research to write the play, which focuses Asleh’s family.
In the Village Voice, Jesse Alexander Myerson says Bernie Sanders is in an anti-Zionist Jewish tradition, but that Zionism’s militant nationalism became “the most salient and powerful political philosophy for American Jews” in the last 2 generations.
Twelve-year-old Ramzi Abu Ajamia has been in hiding for the past seven nights, the boy’s father, Nasir Abu Ajamia said from their family home in Bethlehem’s Dheisha refugee camp. The father fears for his son’s life.
“Why my existence they so fear/they wish I leave and disappear?” A poem by Gaza writer Fidaa Abuassi on the dislocation of exile and colonization
On January 29th 168 Italian scholars from more than 50 universities signed a pledge calling on their institutions to cut ties with the Israel institute of Technology (Technion) in Haifa. The number has soared rapidly, topping 332 signatures last week. The petition follows similar endorsements by scholars and academic associations across Europe, the US and South Africa.
Runners woke up at dawn on Friday in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, ready to take on the Freedom of Movement Marathon in the city. The marathon stretches across the city, quite literally running through two refugee camps, and circles around twice. As locals will ready explain, there is not space for a 42 kilometer route through Bethlehem, so unlike most marathons, the track has to double over two 21 kilometer paths.
As attention turns to the NY primary, the Democratic candidates are beginning to separate on the Israel issue.
When J Street publishes a blog saying it’s one state and you’re never going to separate the Jewish settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank, you know that liberal Zionists have lost their ability to control the narrative.
Tom Friedman reread his work of the last 20 years and realized he has been wrong again and again about the Middle East, including his Iraq war support, and as a result is quitting his column in order to become an “ordinary person” again
After winning the election by a landslide, President Donald J Trump has followed through with his vision to make America great again by tackling its biggest threats: Mexicans, Muslims and Mexican Muslims.
In a shocking move, Birthright Israel announced today, April 1, that the well known travel-program-cum-dating-service will no longer be offering trips to Israel for Jewish young people. In an exclusive interview with Mondoweiss Birthright CEO Gidi Mark explains, “We finally figured it out, the best way to build support for Israel is to have as little contact with Israel as possible.”
The New York Times has decided that it cannot cover Sheldon Adelson’s involvement in American politics because doing so accurately would entail the use of classic anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish influence. The judgment was rendered by public editor Margaret Sullivan, who wrote in a April 1st goodbye note to readers: “We’d really like to cover the Republican candidates’ appeals for Adelson’s support, but we can’t do so because the reporting would inevitably bring up anti-Semitic stereotypes.”
President Hillary Clinton, making good on her 2008 threat to “totally obliterate” Iran, celebrated her first week in office by ordering a nuclear strike on Iran’s capital city of Tehran. As a squadron of F-35s streaked through the sky toward the Mideast metropolis of over seven million, President Clinton outlined her foreign policy to a bevy of reporters at a White House press conference. “I’m not here to bake cookies, people,” the President announced.
Samih al-Masri, a Palestinian resident of a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, has become suddenly aware of the substandard conditions in which he lives after logging on to Facebook, just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned. Masri says, on account of the memes, he was reevaluating everything: “My family has loved Gaza ever since my my grandparents were driven here from Jaffa by Zionist forces in 1948. It’s the only home we know. But now that I realize not every place is enclosed by a fence, with only three highly restricted points of access, I’m pretty pissed off.”